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10.5: Place an icon on an NTFS drive in Leopard System 10.5
This process was covered for Tiger in this hint, but things have changed in Leopard; it's now a bit easier:
  • Paste your icon (in the Get Info window) onto a USB thumb drive formatted as FAT32. The name of the drive doesn't matter.
  • Launch Windows through Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop, or VMware Fusion.
  • Open the thumb drive in Windows.
  • Select Folder Options… from the Tools menu, and set it to show invisible files.
  • Copy the two files .VolumeIcon.icns and ._[cr]File, where [cr] is a carriage return, to the NTFS drive.
That's it! The icon will appear nicely in Leopard.
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10.5: Place an icon on an NTFS drive in Leopard
Authored by: ShadowBottle on Nov 20, '07 09:09:04AM

Ok.. now how do you get this icon to show up in the startup drive selector you get when you boot up holding down option? That's what /I'd/ like to know. (:<



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10.5: Place an icon on an NTFS drive in Leopard
Authored by: las_vegas on Nov 20, '07 11:57:18AM

I submitted this while I was logged in. I don't know why it is posted as Anonymous!

Anyway, the icon will not appear in the Option select window. This has been the case all along with BootCamp.



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10.5: Place an icon on an NTFS drive in Leopard
Authored by: ShadowBottle on Nov 23, '07 07:23:15AM

Oh I know... Doesn't reduce my desire though (;



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10.5: Place an icon on an NTFS drive in Leopard
Authored by: las_vegas on Nov 20, '07 12:04:17PM

The second file to copy is named "._(cr)_file", where (cr)=carriage return. Note the second underline character. The file will appear in Windows as two lines that look like:

._
_file



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Great Hint!!!
Authored by: itistoday on Nov 20, '07 12:14:17PM

Thank you! I was wondering how to do this in Leopard! :-D



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10.5: Place an icon on an NTFS drive in Leopard
Authored by: schneb on Nov 20, '07 11:10:47PM

The last step is missing.

"Paste what you have copied onto your boot volume root."

In my case, it did not have the ._file item, but worked just the same.



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10.5: Place an icon on an NTFS drive in Leopard
Authored by: schneb on Nov 20, '07 11:12:54PM

Actually, copying it to the NTFS drive was the actual process, but it is clearer when you say "paste" rather than "copy to".



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10.5: Place an icon on an NTFS drive in Leopard
Authored by: displaced on Nov 21, '07 02:42:17AM

I use MacFUSE and NTFS-3G to give OS X read/write access to NTFS partitions (including that created by Boot Camp).

With these installed, it's possible to change the Windows drive's icon in the regular Get Info copy/paste fashion.



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10.5: Place an icon on an NTFS drive in Leopard
Authored by: las_vegas on Nov 21, '07 09:46:16AM

You're right. Also, installing MacFuse and NTFS-3G removes any previous icon from view. It is a lot easier to put back though.



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10.5: Place an icon on an NTFS drive in Leopard
Authored by: BiTRiP on Oct 04, '09 03:00:53PM

Anyone knows how to do this in Snow Leopard??
It seems that this trick doesn't work anymore for SL.





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